We had been walking around the Ibn Battuta Mall and felt in need of sustenance. As we reached the Chinese section it was lunch time and we saw a sign for the China Garden Food Court.
The layout of the court is attractive with a couple of nice water features and lots of red decoration and polished wood. On our right we spotted Soy. Tables, with comfortable looking chairs were set outside the restaurant. These were covered over with individual sunshades.
This, we thought, was just what we were looking for, so we seated ourselves with a big sigh of relief.
Very quickly we were joined by a beautiful, smiling, young oriental lady dressed in an attractive, traditional looking trouser suit. She gave us a couple of menus and explained them to us. We quickly ordered drinks. A diet-Pepsi for me and a fresh watermelon juice for Jean. These arrived quickly, brought by an equally attractive and smiling, young Asian man. We sipped our drinks as we read the menus.
The menu is not too big but contains all the essentials including Dim Sums, wok dishes, rice and noodles.
The dishes are cleverly arranged so that you can make your basic choice from various meats and seafood and then add rice or noodles of various types and styles.
We were hungry but were eating out in the evening and so gave the starters a miss. Jean ordered “The Famous Pad Thai” noodles with chicken and I ordered the “Yum Malay” noodles with prawns.
The bowls, when they came were on the large side of generous. Even though Jean was unable to finish hers she declared the noodles to be the best she had ever eaten. The large portion of sliced chicken was tender and tasty and there were at least two different types of noodles. The sauce was piquant but not over spiced and of just the right viscosity and quantity to properly coat the noodles.
My hokkien noodles were fantastic. The sauce was slightly spicy, which suited me and the noodles contained a surprising number (11) of medium sized king prawns. Everything was cooked to perfection and the balance of flavours was perfect.
The service from the two young people was attentive, professional and unobtrusive.
The bill when it came was definitely not a shock to the system. It was also wrong as they had missed off the watermelon juice! I pointed this out but they instead that all was correct.
Pad Thai Noodles with chicken = 39Dhs
Yum Malay Noodles with prawns = 42
Diet-Pepsi x 2 = 24
Total = 105Dhs (£18.15p)
This was by far the best lunch we had eaten in a long time and only time restraints stopped us from returning. However, when we return to Dubai this restaurant will be top of our list and we will visit in the evening for a more substantial dinner.
We have great pleasure in recommending this restaurant to any lover of Oriental food and especially noodles.
Peter & Jean. :o)
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